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‘No regrets’ for professional gamer banned over Hong Kong support

Chung ‘blitzchung’ Ng Wai was expelled from Hearthstone eventOrganizers announce one-year suspension and pull prize moneyChinese holding company Tencent owns stake in maker BlizzardA top professional gamer from Hong Kong who was expelled from an intern…

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Champions League is back – but don’t expect a real match until February | Jonathan Wilson

The group stages have become predictable and merely reinforce financial inequalities between the biggest clubs and also-ransI n the distance the anthem swells. Inappropriate advertising hoardings are covered up. A continent prepares to give thanks to G…

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Jay-Z and NFL stage first concert despite Kaepernick backlash

Rapper criticised for league deal after it shunned ex-49ers player for kneeling protestThe first musical event to come from a partnership between Jay-Z and the NFL was staged in Chicago on Thursday, with the rapper facing a backlash over the league’s t…

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Are Bury FC dead, or will they return? | Letters

UK financial practice is to blame for the club’s demise, says Steve Lupton; look at what Rangers have done, says Mike Pender; and Andrew Bibby remembers a witty crossword clueThe sad demise of Bury FC is more than a comment on professional football (Re…

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Going with the crowd is now the way to seeing the future with better odds | Greg Wood

The rise of Betfair’s wisdom-of-crowds online gambling model has put canny sports fans in the driving seatSir Tim Rice found a moment during the gripping final hours of the third Ashes Test at Headingley last weekend to tweet about the latest betting o…

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Turning our clubs into global brands means there will be more Burys | Jonathan Wilson

The concentration of wealth and attention on a tiny number of globalised superclubs is leading to moments of remarkable drama and quality – but at a terrible priceA recent Set-Piece Menu podcast eloquently made the case for fandom as a broad church. Wh…

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Fears over Bury CVA prompt insolvency investigation

• Claim bought for £70,000 treated as worth £7m in CVA vote• Buyer of claim is partner of club owner Steve Dale’s daughterThe Insolvency Practitioners Association has announced that it will investigate the company voluntary arrangement (CVA) organised …

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Salary caps and direct action: lessons to learn from Bury’s demise | David Conn

Clubs’ agreement will be needed for new rules regarding prospective new owners, the funding of takeovers and a salary capThe EFL’s executive chair, Debbie Jevans, who said she is devastated by having to expel the club, has committed to preventing such …

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Bury MP and fans groups call for inquiry into CVA and football regulation

• FSA and James Frith raise questions with insolvency bodies• EFL says expulsion unlikely to be reversed despite late offersThe Bury North MP, James Frith, has called for an Insolvency Service investigation into the company voluntary arrangement (CVA) …

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Bury’s expulsion from EFL shows football’s regulations are meaningless | Barney Ronay

Demise is another warning that huge social value of clubs cannot beat the cold, hard edges of a free marketA good day to bury Bury. The swell of public sympathy at Bury FC’s expulsion from the English Football League was tangible on Wednesday morning. …

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Series of grinding failures that left proud, historic Bury in ruins

The appalling state of the club’s finances led to the modern and analytical potential buyers pulling abruptly out of the dealAfter such grinding and unnecessary failures precipitating a terminal crisis for Bury, a 134-year-old fixture of English footba…

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Bury and Bolton: two of England’s oldest clubs face Tuesday expulsion

Hundreds of Bury fans help clean up Gigg Lane stadium in hope of playing opening gameHundreds of volunteers have taken part in a clean-up operation at Bury FC’s football stadium as the future of two of England’s longest-running clubs hung in the balanc…

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Bury’s demise is grim proof that small-town Britain is being left behind | David Conn

When I was growing up, Gigg Lane glowed with local glamour. Now the club’s plight may be prophetic for a neglected regionThe threatened expulsion of small town Bury from the English Football League – which could happen if the owner, Steve Dale, does no…

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Former Bury FC director chains herself to drainpipe to save club

The club will be expelled from English Football League unless it provides evidence of solvency A former director of Bury FC has chained herself to a drainpipe at the club’s stadium in a bid to save the beleaguered team from impending extinction.The clu…

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Advert for gambling app banned for using young footballers

Football Index accepts it broke code by using players under 25 such as Jadon Sancho A Facebook advert for a gambling app featuring young football players including Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho and Kylian Mbappé has been banned by the advertising regul…

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Bury MP urges Manchester giants to help club after fifth game suspended

• Bury South MP Ivan Lewis calls on United and City to help• League One club under threat of EFL expulsion over financesBury have had a fifth game suspended by the EFL, as a local MP urged Manchester United and City to help their crisis-hit neighbours….

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Football world calls on Saudi Arabia to stop pirating of matches

Bodies including Premier League write to Saudi authorities asking them to crack down on content theftThe world’s biggest football authorities, including those who run the Premier League, World Cup and Champions League, have called on Saudi Arabia to ta…

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Kit sponsors can offer fond memories but betting logos would not be missed | Max Rushden

Tottenham with Holsten and Arsenal with JVC evoke shirt nostalgia but gambling is already front and centre in footballForty years ago this week, Liverpool announced the first ever top flight sponsorship deal in the UK with Hitachi – £100,000 over two y…

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Welcome glimpse of England’s Cricket World Cup charge would still infuriate | Vic Marks

The bemusement of Liam Plunkett and co is understandable – their glory bid should be available to all on free-to-air TVThere has been a buzz around the England camp as well as a sense of puzzlement. They are in the semi-finals; they are playing well, t…

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Cricket World Cup final will be on free-to-air TV if England qualify

Sky says it aims to ensure wide audience for final at Lord’s if tournament hosts get thereThe Cricket World Cup final will be shown on a free-to-air platform if England qualify after debate about whether the tournament has captured the public interest….